Former Dallas Cowboys guard Tony Hutson dies aged 49 as his former teammate pays emotional tribute

  • Former Dallas Cowboys guard Tony Hutson died earlier this month at 49
  • Hutson played in 20 games over his NFL career, also representing Washington
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Former Dallas Cowboys guard Tony Hutson died earlier this month at the age of 49.

Hutson has played in 20 games over his NFL career, including 17 in three years with the Cowboys.

He also had a stint with the Washington Redskins and only played there three times.

An online obituary posted by his former teammate Randall Godfrey read: ‘Our 1996 Dallas Cowboys rookies had a special bond.

“He made several trips to Valdosta to help with my annual football camps. I cherished every moment that he made me cry after laughing so hard.

Former Dallas Cowboys guard Tony Hutson (third from right) died earlier this month at 49

Former Dallas Cowboys guard Tony Hutson (third from right) died earlier this month at 49

Hutson (right) played 20 games in the NFL, including 17 in three years with the Cowboys

Hutson (right) played 20 games in the NFL, including 17 in three years with the Cowboys

“You caught us off guard with this one. Rest my brother. Gone too soon.’

Hutson starred as an offensive tackle at MacArthur High School in Texas and played at Kilgore College. He also attended Northeastern Oklahoma State University.

Despite his talent, Hutson went undrafted in 1996 after the Raiders discovered a benign tumor on his lung in a body.

After having surgery to remove it, the Cowboys signed him as a free agent.

“My first thought was that I would never play football again,” Hutson said at the time.

Former teammate Randall Godfrey has posted a moving online obituary about their 'special bond'

Former teammate Randall Godfrey has posted a moving online obituary about their ‘special bond’

Hutson was not drafted in 1996 after the Raiders found a benign tumor on his lung in a physical

Hutson was not drafted in 1996 after the Raiders found a benign tumor on his lung in a physical

‘But then I thought there was more to life than football. I just wanted to live my life. I talked to my mother about it and prayed about it.’

He spent a season on the practice squad in Dallas, but finally played for the first time in 1997, starting against the Redskins in a thrilling 17-14 win.

Hutson left Dallas after the 1999 season and then joined Washington, but only played three times.

He also signed with the Raiders in 2001, but a triceps injury forced them to release him before the regular season began.